Yay. Another whine thread filled with half baked tin foil hat conspiracies and salt.
I look forward to watching LSV play (crush?).
Since this was likely directed at me, I'll make a short response, and then I expect to not bring the Lodestone subject up on TMD again. If nothing else, it will spare you the effort of having to post your tin foil hat picture a third time.
I personally am not that angry about the DCI decision, but I am upset about the amount of influence a few pros had. Did they wage a campaign? I think for all practical purposes, yes (though I have no desire to start a ten page debate defining what a "campaign" is). Was it an organized secret effort, I doubt it. But there was quite a pile-on once it started.
I would say that multiple high profile Tweets, constant anti-shops chatter during commentary (during VSL and Champs), and excessive initiation of the topic of restrictions regarding Shops (often unprompted), would be hard pressed to be defined as anything other than at least a personal campaign. Or vendetta. Choose either.
Are the pros right? Perhaps. Who knows? There are hundreds of different ways to argue it, and we still have no definition of what constitutes a restriction, or even what a proper Vintage meta-game should entail.
I mentioned earlier that I am not that angry. Do I like the restriction? No. But we live in a world where the influential and connected people often get their way. Sometimes for good, sometimes for bad. Magic is no different. Doesn't mean I (we) have to like it. And I doubt that anyone who plays anything other than the objectively "best deck" in every tournament, would feel any other way.
I'm ready to move on. My comment in this thread was a joke, as indicated with a smiley face. I'm looking forward to VSL this year. For one, I am super stoked about some fresh blood and perhaps some new deck constructions. It's always enjoyable to see professionals play a deck and use lines I might not otherwise see. At the very least I'll be satisfied to not hear anti-shops rhetoric every time shops is played.